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Opportunities for Flexible Technology in an Evolving Energy System

at IGEM House, Kegworth  DE74 2DA

Tuesday 13 September 2016  

It is becoming increasingly clear that investors and utilities are reluctant to commit to the construction of new gas-fired generation plant of significant scale to replace the older coal stations. Uncertainties of financial return are the likely main reason – as well as being somewhat at the mercy of Government policy changes. Existing coal stations are uneconomic when operating in a balancing/capacity margin role in the grid system because of low utilisation – and can close earlier than anticipated as happened with part of Fiddlers Ferry earlier in 2016.

This seminar will discuss the steps to be taken to ensure supplies are maintained and demand managed – particularly should we have a cold winter between now and 2020 – as well as presenting current experience of operation under the existing balancing initiatives such as the Capacity market, STOR, SBR and Demand Response.

However such situations where the generation margin is slim or even potentially negative do provide opportunities for new forms of plant and energy storage to be progressed with more urgency. These could include, for instance, a resurgence of interest in pumped hydro and the use of automobile electric car batteries as electrical energy stores – either new or used.

This is a “follow-on” seminar to the successful IDGTE seminar held last September on “Technologies required to balance the Grid” and highlights the changes that have occurred during the last year – an update on an evolving situation.

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Call for technical papers:  IDGTE Papers Day 18 October 2016

An opportunity to present a paper at an IDGTE event and get your paper published

The events we held during 2015 have been most successful and IDGTE appreciates the really good response to previous calls for papers.

IDGTE is now planning for a Technical Papers Day to be held on Tuesday 18 October 2016. This will focus principally on reciprocating engine technology and associated fields.  We need offers of technical papers for this.

If you have interesting experiences or ideas in this area why not send us a short abstract for consideration of 100-150 words.   All papers will be peer reviewed before presentation or publication in the Power Engineer.  These should be sent to the “Papers Co-ordinator” at

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Our mission is to serve our members and the industry by encouraging the sharing of knowledge and advancing the design, development, manufacture, application, operation and maintenance of reciprocating internal combustion engines, gas turbines and their related fields. We strive to be the place where all involved in the power and engine industries can develop their knowledge in the field of diesel engines, gas engines, gas turbines and related technologies.

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